Introduction

Grounded in Scotland's Climate Change Act (2019), Scotland's Climate Assembly brought over 100 people together from all walks of life to learn about, deliberate and make recommendations to answer:

 

"How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?" 

 

The Assembly was scheduled to meet for six weekends between November 2020 and March 2021. In Weekend Four, Assembly members requested additional time for learning and deliberations by voting for an additional seventh weekend.

To answer the question, Assembly members learned about the climate emergency, including energy, fairness, adaptation, mitigation and levels of change. 

During the learning phase of the Assembly, members heard diverse perspectives on how to tackle the climate emergency.

Following their introduction to climate change, members considered evidence in three areas:

  • Diet, Land Use & Lifestyle
  • Homes & Communities 
  • Travel & Work

The membership of each stream was selected to be representative of the Assembly and Scottish population.

In their streams, Assembly members discussed and deliberated evidence relevant to their stream and drafted recommendations which were then taken back to the Assembly as a whole for consideration and the final vote.

This Interim Report provides an overview of the Assembly process and outlines the Assembly members' goals across the three streams. The Assembly's full Report, to be published May 2021, sets out the Assembly's recommendations.

The next page sets out the timeline of the Assembly process.

 

Weekend One

Assembly members were provided with an introduction to climate change and introduced to the concepts of adaptation and mitigation.

Weekend Two

Assembly members learnt about where Scotland's emissions come from, what it means to adapt to climate change and they considered how to make fair and effective change happen.

Weekend Three

Assembly members heard evidence and deliberated in their three streams focusing on Diet, Land Use & Lifestyle, Homes & Communities, and Travel & Work.

Weekend Four

Assembly members continued to hear evidence and deliberate within their streams to develop recommendations.

Members voted for a 7th weekend for further discussion and evidence.

Weekend Five

Assembly members heard further evidence in their streams and continued to deliberate over their proposed recommendations. They also decided the methodology for decision making in the Assembly.

Weekend Six

The whole Assembly met together and shared their learning across the different streams and voted on their goals for climate action.

Weekend Seven

The Assembly met for the final weekend to decide on its recommendations and draft supporting statements.

Scottish Government Response

Six months after the Assembly makes its full recommendations, the Scottish Government is legally required to respond.